Animals transform themselves through metamorphosis. What could the City of Casinos transform into?
The unique setting of Macau, the City of Casinos, has provided an abundance of resources and opportunities. However, can Macau continue to be a liveable city for locals with such deficit and lack in social spaces?
The competition challenges designers to bring back these spaces that once belonged to the locals, to create new social spaces and recover the lost connection between the city and its people.
We seek proposals and designs of an alternative form of social and entertainment architecture that diverges from the existing gambling culture.
Macau – The Reclaimed City of Casinos
More than 80% of Macau Government’s revenue is from Casino taxes alone. (2018 – first quarter 2019)
Two-thirds of Macau today was built on top of land obtained through reclamation.
City development favours Casinos complexes rather than social spaces.
Macau, predicted to be the richest city on Earth, has the financial resources for urban scale development.
The Macau New Urban Zone, an ongoing large-scale land reclamation project, is currently at planning phase.
Having alternative forms of entertainment or social spaces would benefit both locals and tourists.
Theatre / Cultural & Art Centre / Sports Complex / Theme Park / Amusement Park / Carnival / etc.
A mixture of public entertainment facilities that could redefine the City of Casinos : A FUN PALACE
– images from Google Search [ credits to the original photographers ]
There is no need to resolve the entire design in detail
There is no need to design and cover the entire given site footprint
The three drawings should be seen as three Snapshots with consistent drawing style
Three 300mm x 300mm drawings covering at least 2 different scales
Awards & Publications for Top 36 Entries
3 x WINNERS
[ €1000 EACH + PUBLICATIONS ]
9 x FINALISTS
[ PUBLICATIONS ]
3 x PEOPLE’S CHOICE (FROM TOP 36)
[ €200 EACH + PUBLICATIONS ]
24 x HONOURABLE MENTION
[ PUBLICATIONS ]
Designers (or procrastinators) are encouraged to sign up earlier to enjoy our discounts as the entry fee increases by €15 each phase.
Early Bird Entry: Students €50 | Architectural Designers €80 | Registered Architects and Practices €95 (Until 04 Aug 2019) Standard Entry : Students €65 | Architectural Designers €95 | Registered Architects and Practices €110 (Until 04 Sept 2019) Last Minute Entry : Students €80 | Architectural Designers €110 | Registered Architects and Practices €125 (Until 24 Sept 2019)
Macau Cloud Pavilion by Kee Yu Xuan from Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art Kee Yu Xuan is a postgraduate student of Mackintosh School of Architecture. After graduated from Taylor’s University with Bachelor of Science in Architecture, he has accumulated 18 months of working experience under architecture design studio in […]
Macau Waterfront Bath Palace by Zijing Gao from University of Michigan Zijing Gao is a Master’s student from Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan with a concentration in design and health. Gao’s recent work has won the Saarinen Swanson Essay Award for addressing contemporary critical discourse in design and urbanism. […]
Macau: Back to the Ground by Chengzhang Zhang, Xianming Sang from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University Chengzhang Zhang has an MLA degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design and an MArch+BArch degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing. He’s currently working for Perkins & Will. While studying in Beijing, he spent two years doing projects […]
Thank you for your patience! It’s been more than a month since we began the evaluation process and we are thrilled to announce the 36 shortlisted entries selected by our jurors! These entries are now eligible for Public Voting on our Facebook page – A total number of 3 entries will be awarded the People’s […]
#mOOO1 jurors from Fosbury Architecture, a collective of design and research.
Fun Palace: an architectural concept co-created by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in 1961.
#mOOO1 Jurors from Hong Kong
Zaha Hadid Architects is collaborating with mOOO on #mOOO1!
jurors from TARKIB STUDIO confirmed – check them out
#mOOO1 Frequently Asked Questions
ARE THERE ANY SITE RESTRICTIONS?
mOOO1 is an idea competition; there are no restrictions on siting your interventions.
We encourage participants to be future-oriented and think about ways to create a positive influence on the context of your choice.
WHAT SCALE SHOULD I BE DESIGNING IN?
As an idea competition, we do not wish to talk about interventions in square meters.
We genuinely encourage participants to present their proposals in focused and specific ways. You can propose a network of pavilions, a single intervention or a megastructure. As long as the proposals are coherent and cover at least 2 different scales, we want to see them.
WHAT IS THE WINNING FACTOR IN A COMPETITION ENTRY?
In mOOO competitions, the Architectural design concepts and urban visions matter a lot more than the resolution of a design project.
Any designers with basic training and sufficient time could produce nice technical drawings but we want to promote young visionary architects with design talents instead of hardworking draftsmen.
IS THERE A SITE-LEVEL MAP FOR SITE A, B & C?
All three sites provided are obtained through land reclamation. You should assume Site A, B & C to be all completely flat when designing.
OTHER GENERAL QUESTIONS
For general competition F.A.Q.s regarding entries and submissions, please check our m1O1 page.